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The French state has revoked Rhim Ibrir’s residency permit and thus her right to be present and participate in a shared social space.

She is being made invisible and inaudible—but has not disappeared.

Rhim Ibrir has become Zohra Hamadi.

A fictional life.

A life in fiction.

A feature film.

The filmic space blurs the boundaries set from the outside and pushes open the door to a world where nothing is assured and everything seems possible.

Fiction as an act of resistance.

The lead actor knows more than her audience.

She insists upon her place in reality.

In Europe.

Philip Scheffner

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